Platos Thoughts on Democracy and the Republic!

Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2015 01:38 am
Why does plato believe democracy is flawed? Any good quotes relevant to this? and What quotes does Plato use to define "Democracy" and "Republic" ?
Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2015 01:59 am
Plato thought that election by popular vote would lead to exactly what it has led to in the present: skilled orators (sophists) manipulating the average voter's (read: idiot's) emotions, rather than appealing to genuine reason. A popularity contest instead of a meritocracy. Plato was not an egalitarian; some people were more fit to rule than others, in his view. I recommend looking up Plato's "Noble Lie," also. In Republic, Plato's ideal was a very top-down structure.
Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2015 03:34 pm
do you know what pages i can find the quotes for Plato's definitions??
Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2015 07:20 pm
No, I'm afraid I don't.
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